Prelude in C major, Op. 11, No. 1 (Scriabin)
Alexander Scriabin's Prelude in C major, Op. 11, No. 1, was composed in November 1895 in Moscow. Here Scriabin's virtuosic sustain pedaling assembles clusters of up to seven different diatonic notes in an exquisite sonority that Scriabin himself used to describe as a "psychic shift".
The whole melody of this prelude consists of 240 eighth-notes, being the opening chord of this piece C–D–E–F–G–A, with the C-major tonic in the bass. The time value for each eighth note changes whenever the tempo flexes, as can be noticed in the second group of notes in the 2nd bar, which measures less than half the tempo of the second group in the 14th bar. This piece has 36 bars and takes about one minute to be played with a Vivace tempo marking.
- Hwa-Young, Lee (2006). Tradition and Innovation in the Twenty-Four Preludes, Opus 11, of Alexander Scriabin. University of Texas. p. 9.
- Leikin, Anatole (2011). The Performing Style of Alexander Scriabin. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 35–54. ISBN 0754660214.
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